How the Twitter ‘I’ war was won
When not being used to spam the Twittersphere, a Twitterbot can be an immensely powerful tool for making social media a more friendly and equal space. Last week a bot account called @DroptheIBot was put to work by American journalists Jorge Rivas and Patrick Hogan to make Twitter users reconsider their use of the term ‘illegal immigrant’. Whenever someone tweets the dreaded “I” words, Drop the I Bot automatically responds by suggesting an alternative: “People aren’t illegal. Try saying ‘undocumented immigrant’ or ‘unauthorised immigrant’ instead.” The bot comes after a statement issued in 2013 by the Associated Press that asked its journalists to stop using the phrase. “Use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant,” it read. Instead, the statement suggested, they should refer to people as “living in” or “entering a country illegally”. @Everyword is another awesome Twitterbot that has tweeted a different word every half hour since 2008, and last year finally completed the entire English vocabulary.
NO ONE IS ILLEGAL